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Nine hospitals get maximum Medicare penalty for readmissions

Nine hospitals in Kentucky, eight of them in Appalachia, have been hit with the highest penalty possible by Medicare for high rates of patient readmission. This is the third year the program has fined hospitals, under the federal health-reform law, for having too many patients return within 30 days for additional treatment. This year, the

Clark Memorial plans to join Norton Healthcare system

Clark Memorial Hospital officials have decided to pursue an acquisition by Norton Healthcare Inc. Clark Memorial said in a news release Tuesday that in light of challenges facing independent community hospitals, it has been evaluating a potential partnership with Norton for two years. The proposal must be approved by the Clark County Commissioners. Before that

Nine hospitals get maximum Medicare penalty for readmissions

Nine hospitals in Kentucky, eight of them in Appalachia, have been hit with the highest penalty possible by Medicare for high rates of patient readmission. This is the third year the program has fined hospitals, under the federal health-reform law, for having too many patients return within 30 days for additional treatment. This year, the

Christ Hospital first in nation to test dissolving heart device

Christ Hospital is the first in the nation to enroll heart patients in a clinical trial to test the quality and cost-effectiveness of a dissolving device that acts like a stent. It could reduce chest pain caused by an inadequate flow of blood. Doctors at Christ Hospital’s Lindner Research Center will test Abbott’s Absorb Bioresorbable

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Griffith Elected to National Medical Honor Society Board of Directors

Alpha Omega Alpha, the national medical honor society, has elected Dr. Charles “Chipper” H. Griffith III, senior associate dean for medical education at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, as a councilor director on the Society’s board. Griffith’s three-year term begins at the AOA board of directors meeting in Portland, Maine, on Oct. 3.

Government Affairs

Kyle Keeney presents the KLSC Award to Senator McConnell

Kentucky Life Science Council Recognizes Senator Mitch McConnell with Inaugural Life Science Champion Award

The Kentucky Life Sciences Council (KLSC) announced the recipient of its inaugural Kentucky Life Science Champion Awards.  Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-KY is being honored for  his  steadfast  leadership  in  promoting  innovation  in  the  life  science  sector  and  for  protecting  and strengthening Kentucky seniors’ access to the popular Medicare Part D prescription drug program. “Senator McConnell

2014 Meaningful Use Guidance for Public Health Reporting

On September 4, 2014, CMS published a final rule that permits 2014 EHR Incentive Program participants more options in the use of certified EHR technology (CEHRT) for the 2014 EHR reporting period. This rule, referred to as the CEHRT Flexibility Rule, becomes effective on October 1, 2014. As such, the Kentucky Medicaid Program has revised

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CMS revises EHR meaningful-use

2014 is proving to be challenging year for demonstrating meaningful use. As the deadline to attest to meaningful use (MU) quickly approaches, many providers are trying to make sense of the goals they face in the transition from Stage 1 to Stage 2. Th EHR (Electronic Health Record) incentive program has changed and evolved since inception in 2010 following the Health Information Technology

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